Janeta Tansey, MD, PhD

About Janeta F. Tansey, M.D. Ph.D.

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Janeta Tansey is Board-Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and licensed by the state of Iowa for the practice of medicine. She is Board-Certified in Integrative Medicine by the American Board of Physicians and Surgeons, specializing in Mind-Body Medicine. She is a Board-Certified Coach (TM), with a specialty designation in Executive-Corporate and Leadership Coaching with the Center for Credentialing and Education, LLC, and a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Dr. Tansey has served on the medical faculty at the University of Iowa since 1999, in clinical and adjunct roles, with leadership in medical education, mental health, and bioethics. In 2008, she received the University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award, the college’s highest honor for educators.  Also in 2008, she completed her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa Department of Religious Studies, with a doctoral thesis on the moral emotions of empathy and shame as phenomena of ethical relation, drawing from the works of Buber and Levinas. She received the NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 2011, one of fifteen psychiatrists in the U.S. to receive that year’s commendation, for her work in mental health advocacy and education in Iowa. Today, at Virtue Medicine and in partnership with colleagues and institutions around the country, she continues scholarly activities and collaborations, with special interests in Mind-Body Medicine, existential-humanistic and meaning-centered approaches to whole-person care, through clarification and strengthening of authenticity, values and virtue.

Professional History

Creighton University School of Arts and Sciences, Omaha, NE–1988-1991
Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE–1991-1993
M.D., Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL–1993-1995
Resident and Chief Resident, University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry–1995-1999
Clinical Faculty, University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry, Iowa City, IA–1999-2009
Diplomate in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology–2001-2021
Ph.D., University of Iowa Graduate College, Department of Religious Studies, Iowa City, IA–2008
Founder, Integrative Psychiatry of Iowa P.C., consulting in Psychiatry and Bioethics, Iowa City, IA–2009
Medical Director of Hospital Psychiatry, Mercy Iowa City Hospital–2009-2011
Hospital and Consultation-Liaison Staff Psychiatrist, Mercy Iowa City Hospital–2009-2014
Bioethicist, Palliative Care Service, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics–2009-2014
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry–2009-present
Principal, Virtue Medicine Clinics for Mind-Body Health & Contemplative Arts–2012-present
Diplomate, American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM)–2013/permanent
Visiting Assoc. Professor, Center for Excellence in Ethics, Humanities and Spirituality, Texas Tech–2014-2016
Diplomate, ABPS Board Certification in Integrative Medicine–2014-2021
Member, International Coaching Federation–2016-present
Board Certified Coach (TM), Center for Credentialing and Education LLC–2017-present
Diplomate Candidate, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, 2017-present

Sampling of Lectures and Scholarly Activities

 “Coaching to Physician Wellness.” Academy for Professionalism in Health Care, Chicago. 3/2017

Commencement Keynote Address, University of Illinois in Chicago Honors College, 5/2016

Paper:  “Seeking the Sacred as an Act of Idolatry: Levinas, Transcendence, and an Argument for the Desacralization of Medicine.”  Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, Houston. 3/2016

Lecture:  “Ethics at the End of Life.”  Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Wound Healing Society Meeting, San Antonio, TX. 5/2015

Paper:  “Not Empathy, But Thou Shalt Not Kill:  A Dialogue Between Buber and Levinas and its Implications for Medical Ethics.”  Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, Boston. 3/2015

Grand Rounds:  “Optimizing Spiritual Fluency:  Assessment and Treatment of Demoralization.”
Texas Tech Dept of Psychiatry, Lubbock, TX. 3/2015

Lecture:  “End of Life Care:  Ethical and Existential Issues for Psychiatrists.”
Iowa Psychiatric Society Annual Meeting, Iowa City. 11/2014

Grand Rounds:  ” Addressing Demoralization in Medicine.”
University of Iowa Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Iowa City. 10/2014.

Public Lecture:  “Integrative Medicine and Mental Health Care.”
National Alliance for Mental Illness Johnson County Chapter, Iowa City. 2/2014

Faculty Workshop:  “Maintaining and Modeling Community in the Face of Challenge.”
St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA.  1/2014